And all these fucking idiots wonder why I don't want children. Seriously?
I feel that it goes back to the saying regarding you being the product, if you're not paying.
People don't want to pay, apparently, or just plain don't mind being the product. I don't get that.
The only social site I've found (just recently) where I don't feel like the product would be app.net - sure, not many people might use it yet, but there's potential. They're working with the github model where there IS a free tier, it's just not as nice as a paid tier - and if you really USE the service, you'll probably want to pay the pittance it costs. Like github, use it for free if you want.
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Get MSDN, or TechNet, or download some ISOs of... anything legit. Then use Steam. You're pretty much done with your 150GB if you download, say, the stuff to set up a virtualized lab configuration worth of software from MSDN, reinstall several games (at 10GB/per - they ARE hosted in the cloud for your convenience, like if you rebuild a computer), and maybe watch some TV on Netflix 3 nights a week night, and some movies on the weekend. It's not hard.
You should... share the setup you're using here in more detail, and post the XML dump code, etc if you're feeling nice.
No. It's not.
These are NOT "rent-a-cops." Any campus of the UW system that has a police department has a state-certified police force. They are armed and have all the powers that any other city/municipal police department does, including the ability to arrest you or cite you under UW system administrative code or state or local statute, depending on their mood.
There's no such thing as "enough windmills, dams, and solar arrays," at least at current productivity levels. These power sources are NOT price-competitive, and the only way that they survive as well as they do in Germany is via government subsidies. This is NOT a long-term plan.
This really still applies to Windows too, which is why "cleaning" never made a lot of sense to me. I suppose that one could put their trust in the big AV companies, who analyze viruses and note what they mess up/with, but in the end, I have no way of knowing what I just had run rampant on my computer, and so it's far far far safer to just wipe everything.
One might think this could even be written as a nice plug-in style setup for "traffic shaping" on your local linux box. Define 100%, and it figures out how to maximize use w/o triggering the ISP-side throttling.
Like a turkey drawn with a child's hand or a collection of snow globes collected from a life well-lived, these sites were hand-made, done by real people, with no agenda or business plan or knowledge, exactly, of how everything under the webservers worked.
Now, the key part here is "no knowledge . . . of how everything under the webservers worked." They presume that it's someone else's problem when the content is gone, but they:
- Didn't back it up,
- Didn't know how to back it up,
- Didn't care to know how to back it up,
- Likely told themselves that despite paying nothing, they didn't need to think about it enough to know how to back it up, and that XYZ Corp. was responsible for that.
They expected to receive value despite giving nothing, and then not to have to think at all about what could go wrong if that value were taken away, but instead, that they were entitled to it.